River of Dreams, the second book in the Dreaming of Darcy series finally passed my editor’s strict requirements. It is available for pre-order and will launch on April 10, 2023.
My first draft was a completely different story. Once I realized I wrote myself into a corner, I had to chop 35,000+ words from the middle, which also meant chancing the end. I can honestly point the finger at Colonel Fitzwilliam for my issue. As it was, he insisted on having a larger part of the story. After a lengthy debate which was won by Mr. Darcy, our favorite secondary character sat back and let his cousin tell his side of the story. You will see the colonel get his portion of the tale along with his happily ever after too.
I’ll be honest, I love this story. I love how Darcy and Lizzy grow in admiration and love as their characters are revealed even before the trials begin. Underneath their exteriors, they are both gentle souls. Each of them learn to realize that they are worthy of the deepest respect. Swoon!
Advance Reader Copies have already gone out and one Goodreads review is in. Thank you, dear ones. This is the hardest part of writing and publishing, waiting to see the response.
Against expectations. Against reason. Against all odds.
This is a stand-alone story that does not require reading book one in the series.
Fitzwilliam Darcy carries the weight of the past, the present, and the future on his broad shoulders. Driven by his family’s expectations, he slights the one person who could bring him joy.
Elizabeth Bennet is an independent spirit trapped by the constraints of society and the poor decisions of others. Unexpectedly, she gets a glimpse into the heart of a man who insulted her. Instead of arrogance and pride, she sees honor.
When their lives are endangered, can they work together to save each other? Will Darcy be her salvation? Can Elizabeth’s love melt the ice surrounding his heart?
River of Dreams is a sweet and dramatic, enemy to lovers Regency variation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice that is appropriate for all readers.